Oregon Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (OCALM)
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medications, can significantly impact whether a person experiencing thoughts of suicide lives or dies.
This course teaches you how to reduce access to lethal means for people experiencing thoughts of suicide. It helps you identify who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people with thoughts of suicide—and their loved ones—to reduce access to those means and increase safety. This course, primarily designed for mental health professionals, is helpful for anyone who works with people with thoughts of suicide, such as health care providers, faith community leaders and social service professionals. It is open to anyone interested in preventing suicide and gaining more skills.
This is not a stand alone intervention. It is recommended that participants take QPR, safeTALK or ASIST prior to attending this training.
This course earned two awards in 2019:
- Bronze Digital Health Award
- Bronze Omni Award
Please Note: Participants are highly encouraged to take a general suicide prevention course first (e.g., QPR, SafeTALK or ASIST).
This training is also available for free, online. To register, click here.
|Training Category: Suicide Prevention||Length: 5.5 to 6 hours|
|Offered for ages: 18 and over||Location: In Person & Online|
|Skill Level: Advanced||Cost: Free tuition|
What you will learn in this 2 1/2 hour course:
- When lethal means counseling is appropriate
- Who in a household & support network should receive lethal means counseling
- How to explain that reducing access to lethal means is an effective tool in suicide prevention
- Advise people with thoughts of suicide, family and/or household members and others who are part of the person’s support network on specific secure storage options for firearms and to limit access to dangerous medications.
- How to build a longer-term plan with follow up measures to limit access as needed over time.
What to expect:
- Audio/visual presentations
- Small and large group discussions
- Opportunities for practice